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Weekly Update from the President - July 30

Dear Kehila,

As we head into August, the focus for many people seems to be towards the upcoming Yomim Noraim and all the preparation that is involved. At YIGN, we are starting to prepare for the high holidays by arranging for minyanim, those who lead services, and of course seating for our large membership. Part of the focus as we start our new year is ensuring the financial health of our shul. Thank you to those who have already paid their membership dues for the coming year. As is traditional, we ask that all financial obligations to the shul are satisfied in order to secure seating for the holidays. 

As there seems to be an increase in COVID transmission in our area, there has been some discussion about the health and safety of our members in shul. We are fortunate that by and large, our adult and teen members are vaccinated and at a very low risk of exposure. Nevertheless, in an abundance of caution, we do our best to limit risk as much as possible. As weather permits, we will continue to hold our kiddushes outdoors. Of course our mask mandate is in place for anyone who is not fully vaccinated, including all children two years of age and older who are not yet eligible for vaccination. We ask all parents to help our efforts by keeping their children with them until groups begin, and ensure that their children are not allowed unattended in the halls of the shul.

We are just days away from our "BBQ Under the Stars" event. Thank you for the strong response and signup. There is still time to register for this event, so don't miss the opportunity to join us. Please note as discussed above, for the safety of those attending, we will be using food servers to minimize individual food contact.

Regards and Shabbat Shalom,


David Basaleli
Young Israel of Great Neck

BBQ and Wine Under the Stars August 5




Laws of the Three Weeks and Nine Days

The three weeks between Shiva Assar B'Tammuz and Tisha B'Av are a period of national mourning for our people over the loss of our first and second Beit Hamikdash. The mourning intensifies as the period progresses until it reaches a climax on Tisha B'Av itself and continues through the following morning. Following is the first part of a summary of the laws that apply during these various stages:

Laws for the entire Three Weeks

* It is forbidden to take haircuts during the three weeks.
* Weddings and live musical events are forbidden.
* New clothes should not be purchased or worn during the Three Weeks so as to avoid the need to recite the blessing of "Shehecheyanu."

The Nine Days

* The Nine Days begin with Rosh Chodesh Av, the Shabbat of July 9-10. Its prohibitions go into effect when Shabbat concludes.
* One may not eat meat nor drink wine during the Nine Days. Chicken is considered as meat. On Shabbat this prohibition is suspended.
* Wine used for Havdalah after Shabbat should be given to a minor if possible, otherwise, an adult may drink it.
* Doing laundry or putting on freshly washed clothes is prohibited. Clothes which one intends to wear during the Nine Days should be worn for a short time before the Nine Days or should be dirtied by being placed on the floor before wearing them.
* One should avoid going to movies or listening to music during the Nine Days.
* Going swimming or even taking a bath or shower for pleasure is forbidden.

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